Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 96

Life’s little fun moments!

Welcome to the 96th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This was a rather interesting week, as this week’s theme left room for some introspection, as well as sharing the world around us.

As a result there was wonderful variety in the posts, each with their own view into the bloggers’ lives.  Ranging from the piano that could have been floating along the canals and rivers to books and the people and companions that are so important in our lives.  Each of you provided something very insightful and often very deep; and don’t forget to listen to our bodies, as they tell us what’s important in our lives!

Thank you for a truly interesting set of posts to read!  You make blogging fun!

Here’s a look at another aspect of my life…

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Autumn’s Leaves

In looking for a photo that would touch on multiple aspects of my life, I like this one; it connects to Nature, autumn, photography, rich colors and blue!  Each of these are part of what makes my life fun!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • ladyleemanilla started things this week with an overview of who and what’s important in her life with some great photos!
  • This week, pensivity101 shares some of the things in her life, and now I can’t get the boat with a piano out of my mind!!
  • In this week’s entry from the excellent blog, Black Body, we get to relax, kick back and wait for a bus!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau brings us Merseyside with a city so cool, that it lacks one thing only: a yellow submarine!
  • Xenia’s first entry in whippetwisdom shows us that there is nothing better than togetherness in the Winter Sun!  Her second post in whippetwisdom is all about the sweet smell!
  • In her post in Field Notes from Over the Hill, Gwen has some awesome photos of some the great parts of her life; I think Maggie has it made!
  • Na’ama’s post in her blog Na’ama Yehuda really hits on what is most precious in our lives… I think you’ll agree!
  • With a great post, Fleeting Muse tells the story of Skooby, who may look innocent, but have several tricks up his proverbial sleeve!
  • Danny James Photography provides us with an introduction to Wilson, Elvis and Purrcee, who clearly know how to live well!
  • By Sarah knows how to live right, as she’s pretty crafty.  She knows how to land on the front page of her local newspaper too!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme catches my eye, as there are some cute four-legged friends featured in it!
  • Miriam tells the story of life lived well in her post in Out an’ About, and love makes it just perfect!
  • In Enatistic‘s view of life, we get to see some of the important things: a good book, a beautiful day and a flower to mark the page!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images talks of the joy of Nature and shows it in a great photo!
  • Frank has another great poem in his blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking, as he also shows us the outside component of his life; I can relate!!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie came face to face with an important aspect of her life: listening to her body, as her painful, swollen toe was actually broken and requires time to heal!
  • This week, in the Blog of Hammad Rais, we get a detailed view of Hammad’s life with a tray full of clues!
  • Musin’ with Susan has a beautiful aspect to her life: amazing flowers that enhance each day, while they bloom.
  • In The Nomadic Architect, we get a great view of a street in Kolkata, which provides something of importance for humanity: books!!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 95

Beaty and exotics!

Welcome to the 95th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  This week’s Exotic theme definitely received some extraordinary repsonses.

The turnout this week was amazing, as the exotic nature of the challenge stimulated lots of interesting posts and photography.  Your choices ranged from locations, to birds and flowers; there were exotic people, animals and even and exotic phone book…  All of your entries were a lot of fun to read and I want to thank you for all of your effort that you put into your posts!

You’ve created another fun week of posts!

Here’s another exotic denizen of our planet…

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Giant Swallowtail

This beautiful butterfly is certainly among the most exotic creatures that I have photographed over the years.  Not only is it beautful, but the fine coloring of the hairs is just stunning.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Danny James Photography started this week’s entries off with a stunning display by a peacock!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, we encounter beautiful images of exotic women in their finery!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet talks about the joy of cultivating an exotic plant, such as an orange tree!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau is truly fearsome, as I wouldn’t want to encounter such an exotic creature during my travels!
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme captures a beautiful exotic plant, which not only looks interesting, but is also a bit mysterious!
  • Xenia’s entry in whippetwisdom shows us that even a rather everyday object can be quite exotic to the right dog!
  • In a wonderful post in her blog, lifelessons, Judy not only shares a wonderful array of exotic flowers, but also an inspiring poem!
  • In Enatistic‘s post for this theme, we get to see a beautiful tree that certainly appears very exotic!
  • This week, pensivity101 tells us a rather interesting tale of a white peacock getting some competition…
  • With a wonderful photo, Fleeting Muse tells us of a stunning and exotic location that I’d certainly would like to visit.
  • By Sarah captured a truly exotic tableau, which made me laugh… what is your reaction to Sarah’s post?
  • Frank shares an exotic sunrise and great poem in his blog, Poetry, Short Prose and Walking.
  • This week, Photo Roberts Blog features great photographs of stunning, exotic flora.
  • In Chateaux des Fleurs, we are treated to a set of stunning birds, whose blue color is  just beyond belief!
  • Candace goes very exotic in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, as we get the beauty of an unusual species…
  • Marie’s post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, goes to a very exotic locale: Sri Lanka!
  • Miriam’s post in her blog, The Shower of Blessings, tells the tale of some exotic Geese, who like to walk in a certain way!
  • In Ostendnomadography, we go to a rather interesting location: Playa Larga in Cuba, which is probably better know as the ‘Bay of Pigs’.
  • This week’s response by Land of Images has a beautiful photo of a crocus in bloom in one of my favorite colors!
  • The photo in Layue’s Everyday Photo Blog is just spectacular, I’m sure that you’ll agree!
  • The photography of the exotic flowers in this week’s entry from Cee’s Photography is simply outstanding!  Go check it out!
  • Carol’s entry in her blog the Apples in my Orchard takes us to a location that is not only exotic, but truly inviting!
  • Miriam is dreaming of exotic islands in her post in Out an’ About, which the Maldives definitely are!  She also has some exotic times and Nature to share!
  • Another great exotic entry is from iballrtw, who shares a wonderful photo of a Kndyan fire eater in Sri Lanka.
  • Brian’s post in his blog, Bushboy’s World, takes a very different look at our theme, and it certainly put a smile on my face!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie examines on of the exotic aspects of life in the inherent exquisite beauty that lies within forgiveness, which exists in each one of us!
  • Musin’ with Susan takes us to the exotic tastes and smells of a spice stall in the Souk in Old Jerusalem!
  • Pastries, Pics & Politics shared some wonderful photos of delicious looking cookies and scones, which feature kumquats; a rather exotic ingredient!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Exotic

Go wild into the exotic!

Welcome to Week 95 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Thanks to all of you wonderful participants for a fun week of entries for the theme of Decay!

For this week, I thought I’d go in a bit of a different direction, and also use a more recent photo for my inspiration.  When I was in Ireland for work, I didn’t get much of a chance to wander about for some photography, but that didn’t mean that opportunity did not present itself.  As I was standing in line at the cafeteria, I observed a pair of peacocks sitting in a tree.  That’s what brought me to this week’s theme of Exotic.

Peacocks may be all over the world, but to me they still look exotic, particularly in a castle in Ireland!  If you’re up for it, share something exotic in your neck of the woods, or from an exotic locale!  I’m very much looking forward to your views of what is exotic.

Here are those peacocks…

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Peacocks in Malahide

Malahide Castle is a lovely location to have meetings, particularly when I get to enjoy fantastic food in the cafeteria (it is a great place to eat!) and views, such as this!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to your exotic fun!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 94

Decay of the best kind!

Welcome to the 94th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Decay was the theme and your responses showed that your creativity is definitely not decaying!

This was a truly interesting array of entries, as there was quite a bit of urban decay, growth of penicillin and and incredible amount of fantastic photography!  I learned about trees that I didn’t know and a stunning mosque complex, stupas in Myanmar and lots more.  Thank you for such a wonderful set of contributions!!

Please let all the authors know how much you appreciate their work!

Sometimes decay starts as growth is still occurring…

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Out of Eden?

This wild apple was definitely a bit past its prime, as it was still hanging on the branch… we can only imagine what the internal state of this fruit was.  This may have been the flavor that was presented by to Snowwhite or to Eve…

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • By Sarah kicked things off this week with a rather interesting photo of a Pandanus tree, which was a tree that I had never heard of.
  • The post by the Nomadic Architect brings us to the decaying structure of the domes of the Begumpur Mosque, which look rather unusual.
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet shares the decay of snapdragons, which uncovers an unusual feature; you should check it out!
  • In Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery‘s post, you’ll find some stunning photos for this week’s theme; they are most impressive!
  • This week’s response by Land of Images has a stunning photo of seed pods in the snow!
  • This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau, has an amazing old gravestone;  it’s not easy to ready, so see if you can figure it out!
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny has some stunning photos, which give us a wonderful view of decay!
  • In a first contribution in Ostendnomadography, we get a fantastic set of images featuring Nature taking over buildings.
  • Lynne’s post in Beyond the Brush Photography has a fantastic photo that gives the sense of looking back into some forgotten time.
  • In a wonderful entry in Hyper Child Chill Mom, we get to see the decay in all its finest!
  • This week, pensivity101 regales us with a poem about the type of decy that none of us want to see…can you guess what it is?
  • Nicole’s post in Une Photo, Un Poéme takes us to Dundrennan, Scotland, to a fantastic abbey!
  • In Chateaux des Fleurs, we go to Myanmar for an ancient temple complex that has seen better days, but is still stunning!
  • Candace brings out the best in decay in her post in Netdancer’s Musings, as we get a view of her compost heap!
  • Brian’s post in his blog, Bushboy’s World, takes us around lots of variety of decaying objects, including crayons!
  • Mara’s post in Mara’s Artistry takes us spelunking in a rather interesting cave system on the Azores.
  • Miriam’s post in her blog, The Shower of Blessings, takes us all the way to China where some of the roofs need some work!
  • In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie takes a leap of faith and allows old issues to decay into oblivion through forgiveness of self  and others! A wonderful post!
  • Musin’ with Susan shows us what happens when a tomato goes past its prime: penicillin shows up!
  • This week, Photo Roberts Blog finds some interesting objects that show evidence of decay and photographs them beautifully!
  • In the Blog of Hammad Rais, we learn about the short life of the hibiscus flower, as it decays after a day of beauty.

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Posing through the Seasons

A lady stands proud!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.

This challenge immediately made me think of a tree that has been a significant part of my photographic life: the Yoga Tree!  Her variation across the seasons is nothing short of fantastic, as she adapts and graces the landscape with beauty every day.

Here are some examples of this lady of the fields:

These days, she is surrounded by a compost farm, which is not a fitting place for a lady, so these images (and many more!) are a wonderful reminder of days gone by.

Have a wonderful day!

Silent Paths

The sounds of silence

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Silence.

One of the wonderful things about going into Nature, is that you experience a kind of silence that we can never get around the cities and towns, in which most of us live.  For me, there’s nothing like the silence of being in the woods, far enough away from civilization that the only sounds that remain are produced by Nature.

Of course, these locales are not completely silent, but it appears that the sounds that are present become part of a tapestry, such that it doesn’t disturb, but, rather, envelop our own presence within the woods.

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Silent Path

This moss-surrounded path allowed for very quiet walking, so that I felt part of the landscape.  Also, the moss made for a wonderful resting place!

Have a wonderful day!

Weathered on the Beach

Drifting snow and wood

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.

In my third entry for this challenge, we go to the beach on a rather chilly day.  At least, I went to the beach 🙂  The day was fantastic, as I haven’t had  alot of opportunities to catch the beach with a snow cover, as the salt water tends to make short work of snow.

On this day, I captured a variety of images, of which lots were of snow swept across the beaches. I also found this rather weathered piece of driftwood…

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Weathered and Snowy

There are still remnants of the snow on this part of the beach, some of which are clinging to the driftwood.

Have a wonderful day!